Most people get upset when they accidentally shrink a sweater in the washing machine. I, on the other hand, celebrate! The gorgeous, thick fabric from felted wool sweaters is one of my favorite materials to sew and craft with, and it’s also a great way to save money and the environment by repurposing. So today I’m sharing the 16 best felted sweater DIY tutorials for you to create with!
You might not be so “lucky” as to shrink your clothes by accident. I actually do it on purpose!
I collect 100% wool sweaters from friends and buy them used for next to nothing. Even if they have little holes or are hideously ugly, they will look great once they’ve been felted.
It’s really easy to felt wool sweaters in the washing machine. Basically, just throw similarly colored wool garments (they must be 100% wool) into the machine with the hottest and longest cycle possible. I suggest you read my tutorial on how to felt wool sweaters in the washing machine to learn all my tricks for perfect felting!
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The look of leaves combined with the texture of felted wool and autumn colors makes these felted wool pillows perfect for fall home decoration! There's also a free template for the leaf and vine applique design.
Who can resist these adorable conversation heart Valentine's Day keychains? They use up small scraps of pastel or white felted wool sweaters and can also be made without the attached keyring. Download the free pattern, including the embroidered messages!
Did you know that felted wool is waterproof? This makes it a wonderful ecosustainable alternative to vinyl or plastic waterproof fabrics. I love using felted wool sweater as a bottom waterproof layer in my reusable mama pads. It also helps keep them in place. Click to see my cloth menstrual pads pattern.
No sewing required for these super easy felt snowflake ornaments! Cut scraps of white felted sweater into short strips, then fold and glue them to form these super pretty snowflakes! Hang them from the Christmas tree or string them up from the ceiling for a faux indoor snowfall!
Use up little scraps of felted sweaters for this no sew felt poinsettia project! All you need is scissors, glue and the free downloadable template! Perfect for holiday decorations or for hanging on the Christmas tree!
These DIY snowflake embroidered felt Christmas ornaments are an instant classic! Download the free embroidery pattern for three simple designs to mix and match. The white or silver snowflakes are beautiful on circles of red felted wool.
An old red sweater is the perfect background fabric for pretty white embroidered snowflakes! Get the tutorial and free sewing pattern and embroidery pattern for this DIY felted wool sweater stocking for Christmas.
These are a super fun and easy project to make with your kids, and perfect for them to give to loved ones during the holidays! Download the template to cut out the felted wool Christmas tree ornament shapes and the children decorate them with ribbons, glitter glue, sequins or anything else that catches their eye!
Get creative with scraps of wool sweaters! Here I show how to make leg warmers, arm warmers, a unique "drawn" choker and a headband from some accidentally felted wool clothes!
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